iPad Pilot Meeting

We recently gathered together teachers and technicians from our four iPad pilot schools.  The pilots are proving to be very positive.  We discussed; Apps, connectivity, and the realities and benefits in the classroom.   Next steps will include CPD and continued swapping of good practice.

 

We’ll continue to feedback our findings to our wider community, especially the findings of our impact analysis where we are seeing improvements in Parental Engagement, Motivation, and Creativity.

 

Competition Prizes

BeLf is proud to announce one of the first prize giving’s of the BeLF competition.

BeLF attended Hillwest Primary school to present the prize to Ali the winner of the age 7-8 category. We had around 300 entries and were overwhelmed by the high quality of the entries, the panel thoroughly enjoyed reading each entry.

Ali was presented with his prize by Ian McCall, Chief Executive of the Birmingham eLearning Foundation.  He was extremely happy to receive his prize in front of his school colleagues. Ali’s mother, who also attended the assembly, said:

I was really excited; it has been so good for Ali’s confidence and self-esteem. Encouraging a boy to write can be extremely challenging so the netbook will help a lot!”

The school was also very proud of Ali’s achievement. They are actively encouraging the use of ICT in schools and are also taking part in the iPad pilot project. Hannah Cook, ICT Technician said:

“As a school we actively encourage the use of ICT to enhance children’s learning so we were delighted to learn that Ali had won the competition. ICT has a huge part to play in building children’s confidence and breaking down possible barriers to learning so we were thrilled with the news!”

Well done Ali

‘All the things I would do if I had my own Laptop’

We had some amazing competition entries and although we could only pick a few winners , we’d like to share some quotes of the others submitted:

  • I feel that if I had a netbook to use, I would feel enthuslastic confident.   Sandeep Digpal Age 9 -Moor Green Primary
  • I can use the laptop while me and my lovely family travel to different places and I can do my work at the same time. Andaleeb Khuram Age 9 -Clifton Junior School
  • I dont always have to go to the library all the time to do my work . Jaavaria Age 10- Brookvale Primary
  • If I had a laptop I would be able to exteend my knowledge by researching history. Annesah Age 10 -Clifton Primary
  • I would use it to research on the thing , we are learning at school so I would know better things about the subjects. George Combill Age 10 -St John Fisher
  • I like working on computers because its full of new stuff. Nia Campbell Age 10 Bordesley Village Primary School
  • I’ve got to admit that I would play games because of course your going to play games, your going to be temptem to, especially when you’ve got it all to yourself. Aiza Nadim Age 10-St Martin de porres
  • it would also teach me alot about internet Safety and rules. Tehremm Age 7 – St Martin de porres
  • If I had a laptop I wud play smart Horrid Henry games I like playing him Because Horrid Henry gets away with things and I dont like wen he gets sent to Bed. Parismur Age 6 -St Catherine of Siena Primary School

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Latest technology for pupils for home use to support their classwork

The Birmingham e-Learning Foundation (BeLF) is piloting the use of iPads by pupils in four schools in Birmingham this coming school year – Moor Green Primary, Hill West Primary, Clifton Primary and Osborne Primary.  Each school has been looking at the different Apps and issues for using iPads both in the classroom and at home and all have now decided to roll-out the iPads to complete selected classes of KS2 pupils in Years 4 and 5 from the start of the new school year in September.

Since 2001, the Birmingham e-Learning Foundation has worked tirelessly with Birmingham’s schools to enhance pupils’ educational attainment.  Their focus has been to help provide computers, netbooks and now the very latest iPads as well as home broadband connectivity.  To date over 35,000 pupils at 45 schools in Birmingham have been supported through various programmes.

BeLF is dedicated to working with schools, parents and other partners in providing personal learning devices for ALL pupils in Birmingham.  The aim is to reduce the effects of the digital divide by providing technology to aid learning both at home and school as technology is an important part of daily life.  Having their own personal learning device to support their classwork motivates and raises pupils’ aspirations no matter what their circumstances.

“In some ways this is business as usual for BeLF”, explains Ian McCall, Head of BeLF, “It’s classloads of devices, supported by grants, schools and parents, focused on Teaching and Learning gains.  And it’s great to see our inclusive model continuing in difficult financial times.

 

 

“There’s also genuine excitement around these pilots coming from the schools, the IT experts and especially the students, due to the new technology involved.  Everyone is genuinely interested in finding out how this buzz can be captured to deliver educational benefits to these children.  These pilots will test a financial model and a technical solution that a lot of schools will find very attractive.”

Miss Beth Clarke, Head Teacher at Hill West Primary School said, “We are really excited about this new initiative and know that the pupils will be too. The use of technology is imperative in a 21st Century Society and we want to prepare our pupils as best as possible, not only to be able to use it but also for it to support their learning and progress”.

 

Clifton Primary School, Christine Mitchell said, “We are very excited about our new iPad project and are delighted to be working with the Birmingham e-learning Foundation and taking advantage of their expertise.   At Clifton we are always keen to trial innovative ways to enhance teaching and learning and embrace emerging technologies where we feel they will have a profound impact.  We feel this project is an ideal way to engage with whole families and enrich the learning experiences of all and builds on our success of last year when 108 of our families benefited through the Home Access Scheme.”

BeLF - pupils piloting iPads at Osborne Primary School Birmingham July 2011

 

An Osborne Primary School parent said, “It is an excellent idea to have iPads in school as it gives children a different perspective on learning and my daughter will be able to do more at home to improve her learning.”

 

BeLF grants £48,000 to schools.

We are pleased to announce that this month BeLF has granted £48,000 to schools to buy new learning devices for use by pupils for home / school access. This includes funds to our four pilot primary schools to buy the new iPad 2s.

The schools that have benefitted from this are Small Heath, Yardley, Bartly Green, Hillwest Primary, Osborne Primary, Moor Green Primary and Clifton. We will be keeping you informed of how the pupils will be getting on with their devices over the coming months.

Over 10% of primary schools spend less than £10 on ICT for each pupil

Analysis by educational finance firm Syscap shows 1,804 primary schools across England and Wales, 12% of the total, spent less than £10 per pupil on ICT equipment in 2009/2010. The analysis of Department for Education figures also shows 377 primary schools spent nothing on ICT learning resources during the same period.

To read more click on the following  link …

http://www.ictforeducation.co.uk

BeLF Programme- iPads for Primary Schools

BeLF is working with some primary schools in Birmingham to investigate if the iPad is beneficial to teaching and learning. The pilot schools are Moor Green Primary, Hill West Primary, Clifton Primary and Osborne Primary. The schools are looking at how they can use the iPad in education. Each of these schools has been provided with an iPad by BeLF to test and use in the school. They have been looking at various different apps and the issues about using the iPads in classrooms. We have had positive feedback and aim to roll-out the iPads in this grant round.

If any schools are interested and would like more information please contact Sophie.

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